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Hello! I have looked on craigslist, but I thought it couldn't hurt to post here. I am a 25 yr old female with a cat, who is looking for one of the following:

-an affordable 1 bedroom or efficiency apt for just myself
-a roommate so that I can have someone to share a 2 bedroom with
-a house that has an empty room that I can rent out

I am looking to live in the Bethesda, Silver Spring, or Rockville areas, near a metro would be awesome. If anyone has any advice on this or can point me in the right direction. NO CREEPY PEOPLE PLEASE.


My price range is between 600-850

please help!
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Doubt: A Parable--Assistant Director needed urgently. [Sep. 1st, 2009|09:22 am]
Silver Spring Maryland Community

The Cedar Lane Stage production of Doubt: A Parable is in sudden and very big need of an Assistant Director/Stage Manager. Our current person had to drop out of the production due to health issues. If you or anyone you know is interested, please let me know ASAP. Our production dates are October 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 30 and 31.

Please reply here if you are interested.

And forgive me, this will be cross posted to a few different places. Apologies in advance.
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2009 Sonic Circuits Festival Program & Ticket Info [Aug. 10th, 2009|09:00 pm]
Silver Spring Maryland Community



All shows will begin PROMPTLY at the time indicated. Please show up early!
Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before show time.
Advance tickets can be purchased by clicking on the BUY TICKETS link beneath each show listing.
Ticket orders are processed using Paypal. Please printout the Paypal email as this will be your ticket. A $1 handling fee is added to each ticket ordered.
Tickets for the Sept 27 show at the Black Cat can be purchased at the club or via Ticket Alternative.

Save money by purchasing a 2009 Festival Pass. Only $50!


Tuesday Sept 22
The Sonic Circuits Festival is co-sponsored by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland, which will present the opening concert on September 22 in the Center’s Kogod Theatre. For information or tickets, visit the website, www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu or call 301-405-ARTS.
seating 175
Elliott Sharp
Annea Lockwood & Tom Buckner
Never Work
BLK w/BEAR & VJ Poppins


Wednesday Sept 23
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC
Metro: Foggy Bottom
Nine Strings + Pilesar
Twenty-first Century Chamber Ensemble
Music Over Matter Matter Over Mind


Wednesday Sept 23
Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station
9pm $10
Fern Knight
Luigi Archetti
Blue Sausage Infant
Twilight Memories of the Three Suns


Thursday Sept 24
Embassy of Switzerland
2900 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Woodley Park
Parking available on Embassy lot.
7:00pm $10
Bernd Schurer
Martin Neukom
Thomas Peter
Jan Schacher
Marcus Maeder


Friday Sept 25
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring
Free parking in gated lot out front, free street parking after 7pm.
7:30pm $15
Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg duo
David Daniell
Bicameral Mind
Janel & Anthony


Saturday Sept 26
Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station
2pm-2am $20
Northern Machine
Qfwfq Duo
ayyoko confidential
Jeff Carey
Tim Hecker
Gunter Hampel European Trio w/ Elliott Levin
Blevin Blechdom
Fckn Bstrds
Soft Pieces
Olivia Block+Tomas Korber
Second Land
Sean Peoples


Sunday Sept 27
Black Cat
1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station
8pm $15
Rat Bastard+Chris Grier+Ulrich Krieger
Pekka Airaksinen
Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkilä

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Adspace for sale in Sonic Circuits Music Festival program [Jun. 24th, 2009|12:16 pm]
Silver Spring Maryland Community

Every year in the DC-MD-VA area, Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music puts on a series of events spread out over a week's time in various venues in the area, such as Velvet Lounge, The Black Cat, and Pyramid Atlantic.  
Now heading into its ninth year, the Washington DC chapter of the ACF has expanded the scope of the festival to include electro-acoustic compositions, free jazz, noise rock, electronic drone and experimental folk, as well as live video and film programs, presented year round.
The festival puts out a fancy-schmancy program, which folds out into about the size of The City Paper. 
I'm charged with coordinating the adspace sales, which are as follows:
backcover --  $200.
full page -- $100
half -- $75
quarter--  $50
Interested in promoting your band, business, artwork, restaurant, etc?
Please email me at bethany.aradia@gmail.com to coordinate. 
I can also share more detailed mock-up/spec information.
Sonic Circuits is a 501c3 nonprofit. 
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Queering Sound at Pyramid Atlantic (Sat. June 6, 7pm) [Jun. 5th, 2009|11:39 pm]
Silver Spring Maryland Community


The 2009 installment of Queering Sound again gathers together artists - with a non-exclusive curatorial focus towards gay, lesbian and post-gender-identified participants - who explore alternative avenues of expression through sound, the digital arts, noise and spoken word. Pyramid Atlantic will host two evenings of both established and upcoming local talents as well as serve to introduce Washington audiences to new sounds and visions.

Saturday, June 6, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Compact discs, recordings, publications and other merchandise from contributors will be available for sale.

Admission is $5.00 each night and available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before performance.

Pyramid Atlantic is located a three blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line); Gated parking is available for free in front of the building. Please enter on Ripley Street, side entrance.


BLK w/ BEAR is a full-band effort of JS Adams [prepared vinyl + turntables + loops], Doug Poplin [cello + effects] and PD Sexton [bass + source electronics + effects]. Audio performances include both temporal turntable installations and laptop compositions utilizing forced looping technique of altered vinyl recordings and media decay, along with manipulated voice synthesis, looped cello and bass guitar, and deconstructive turntablism. BLK w/ BEAR recordings have accompanied film/video projects in NYC and London, as well as BBC television programming. Selections from the internationally-acclaimed Wish for a World without Hurt collaboration with London's Rothko were used in the Discovery's Channel's Emmy-nominated The Flight that Fought Back production; the film was also broadcast in the UK, Russia, Japan and Germany. BLK w/ BEAR's newest recordings include the LDWR.net free download planned for the 2009 Long Division with Remainders’ 14 versions of the same EP box set collection; Ultra-red’s What is the sound of the war on the poor? advocacy project; and Trace Recordings’ TEN compilation.

VJ POPPINS aka Renee Shaw is an installation and performance artist who embraces the phenomenon of synaesthesia. Drawing from archival footage, VJ Poppins manipulates video output through live, spontaneous editing. Like a DJ, she scratches through multiple layers of moving images searching for that perfect mix to create visual juxtapositions and non-linear narratives. VJ Poppins believes identity is a mix of visuals, narratives, genders, complex codes, data and race, commercial and institutional information. VJ Poppins is interested in the intersections of cultural synchronism between personal and communal narratives, identity, and experiences; performance is an attempt to synthesize a community of diverse interests and enthusiasms in this canonical and hierarchical world in which cultures are meshed. She borrows from everywhere trying to form new adjacencies, claiming new mixes, and forging new identities that are not fixed.

DEAD VIOLETS is a noise behemoth, a drone core juggernaut, an ominous transatlantic storm cloud, a black as bile, three headed beast. Dead Violets is Jeffrey Surak, Bethany Moore and Sweden’s Thomas Ekelund (Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words). For Queering Sound, Dead Violets will be a duo of Surak (noises) and Moore (voice + sound poetry). Surak (aka Violet) is a veteran experimenter from Washington, D.C. Since the early 1980s, he has explored the netherworld between improvisation and composition to create something between the two auditory realms of experimental music. He has also contributed to the soundtrack for Bruce La Bruce's queer zombie film, Otto: Or, Up With Dead People. Bethany Moore has been writing poetry, stories, and songs since early childhood. A practicing Wiccan for many years, she enjoys using her voice and words to convey her observations and experiences. Much of her work explores issues of human despair, spiritual journeying and emotional analysis.

GRAPEFRUIT EXPERIMENT is a semi-open music project with Carey Sargent and Wendy Hsu as core members [2/3 of Pinko Communoids and founding members of HzCollective]. Wendy works with electric guitar and accordion, preparing them with found objects such as alligator clips, paper clips, and clothespins, and playing them with effect pedals, bows, brushes, mallets, and other percussive objects. Carey is a percussive noise maker, encouraging tones to rise and sing from wood, metal, skin and plastics that are more used to being struck.

ELITE BARBARIAN is the work of Benjamin Page. Selections from his album, It's only when you get to the end that it all makes sense [Front and Follow], are set to video for Queering Sound. Moving between static moods and beat-waves, from reflective abstraction to moments of searing intensity, this record is the result of improvisations using hardware synths and samplers. Ben is also half of Rocket Number 9 with his brother Tom, whom are both part of innovative London instrumentalists, Rothko.

NICK LOPATA lives in lovely Takoma Park, Maryland. He has been creating and editing video for Blowoff, the popular deejay event thrown by Bob Mould and Richard Morel at Washington DC's 9:30 club, and now hosted in NYC, San Francisco, Provincetown, Atlanta and Chicago. Nick has created videos set to music by Elite Barbarian for this year's Queering Sound. In addition to his video work, Nick's other projects include photography, lighting design, and a local independent film, "The Saferoom."
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Kismet for KidSave: [Jun. 5th, 2009|03:33 am]
Silver Spring Maryland Community


An evening of elegance, opportunity, & a chance for true change…

Please join us for an unbelievable network event to support the profound efforts of KidSave, an international organization dedicated to helping older orphaned & foster care children find permanent placement with loving families - because every child needs & deserves a loving home…

Kis•met [kiz-mit], noun - fate, destiny, serendipity; an almost magic connection created by one's willingness to make a difference to children in need.  

Kid•save [kid-save], proper noun - international organization working to place older children from orphanages & foster care into the loving embrace of permanent families. 

This event features an excellent opportunity to network & mingle with some of the city's most influential movers & shakers,newsmakers, authors, & athletes.  Ticket price includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a dessert reception, entertainment, network opportunities, raffle, & an incredible auction all as a part of the evening's program. Friday's after-party is included as well.

Details Under the Cut...Collapse )

To register, please visit http://kidsave.org/pdf/Kismet_Web_final.pdf.  

For more information, please contact Margarita Rozenfeld of Incite Internationalmargarita@inciteinternational.com.   And don’t forget to bring your friends! 

Promotional Assistance Provided by Richard A. Dostal of The Writer's Inc.
www.TheWritersInc.Net    Email: Rick@TheWritersInc.Net
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Sonic Circuits: April 4, 2009 at Pyramid Atlantic [Mar. 26th, 2009|09:06 pm]
Silver Spring Maryland Community

Free Improv FREAKOUT! April 4 @ Pyramid Atlantic with Michael
Jackson+Layne Garrett, Vector Trio, Michelle Webb,

Saturday April  4, 2009
doors: 8:00pm
music: 8:30pm SHARP

8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front
INFO: www.dc-soniccircuits.org
DIRECTIONS: www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org

Michael Thomas Jackson has been creating and recording music since 1985. He has been involved in fully notated composition, free
improvisation, avant rock, concrete and electronic music, performance art and everything in between. He has worked with tape, found objects, analogue synthesizers, prepared guitars, various percussion, all manner of sound processing, electronic feedback systems, turntables, voice and extended techniques on the clarinet. Michael has played as, in, or with many fine projects and people including Eugene Chadbourne, Rompecabeza, Spool Ensemble, Viktimized Karcass, Alien Planetscapes, Choptsicks, Cobra Clutch, Cephalic Index, The George Steeltoe Ensemble, Brian Osborne, Chris Phinney, Martin Klapper, Rafael Flores, Isolation, Flutter, Jerry’s Finger, Truncheonette, Projexorcism, Skoweyajeed, Katsu Itakura, Carl Howard, Bruce Eisenbeil, Quien Es, Thomas Dimuzio, Dave Fox, David Prescott, Pat Lawrence, Ian Davis, Scotty Irving, New Loft, Zan Hoffman, Hal McGee and O.N.E. Michael is currently active performing, recording and releasing music through the Primecuts Recordings imprint, raising a daughter and being poor. Michael will perform with DC’s Layne Garrett.

Vector Trio is a project designed to explore freedom and possibility in three voices, contextualized by cultural disharmony. Vector Trio
began life in 1996 as Vector, an improvisational avant-garde funk septet. In 2002 Vector became Vector Trio. The musicians began making use of electronics, including looping devices and effects processors, to expand the possibilities of the trio. Their work to date is showcased in their all-original CDs–Plot Twist (2004), Live in DC (2005), Paths Unknown (2006), and Nomina (2009). By 2009 Vector Trio’s sound had mutated into a noisy dark electronic mélange of loops, corroded trumpet lines, bowed cello cacophony and a dense mix ofpercussive mayhem.

scott forrey - trumpet, loops, electronics, metal things
gary rouzer - NS bass cello, loops, electronics, found objects
marshall hughey - drums, handsonic, landscape percussion


Recognized as a incredibly creative and innovative guitarists and improviser, Michelle Webb is a electrifying and original guitarist. A
restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and personally challenging contexts for her music, Webb not only produces
and contributes to a large number of recorded projects, she performs frequently throughout the USA with several regular groupings as well
as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists. Michelle Webb has helped unfetter the guitar from the conventions of genre-bound techniques, but her instrumental virtuosity is always deployed in the service of deep and immediate personal expression. Likewise, she has developed a highly individual style from an uncommonly varied range of influences that include traditional blues, East Asian, Classical North Indian and Turkish music, free jazz, free improvisation, American steel-string guitar, rock, jazz fusion and 20th century classical. Webb has built an ever-mounting reputation as a very talented musician and composer. Solo CD releases under Michelle Webb’s name include: Dotsavant,(2000) Screams from the Ceiling,(2000) Prepaired Guitar Works (1997), Michelle Webb Live (2005) and Figures at the base of a Crucifixion (2006). She composed music for the film Hospice and screen play
Vincent directed by Ken Forestal and Silent Movie directed by Michael Torrez.


Janel & Anthony & Violet trio return once again to coax spontaneous music out of their instruments of cello, guitar, junk, and loads of
effects pedals.
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MD medical marijuana laws on WPFW 89.3 FM radio at 3pm today [Mar. 18th, 2009|11:20 am]
Silver Spring Maryland Community

89.3FM  -- WPFW "DC Jazz & Justice"
TODAY at 3pm
for Americans for Safe Access to discuss Medical Marijuana in Maryland,
and HB 1339 - a bill to establish a task force to study medical marijuana laws in MD.

Tune in to 89.3FM at 3pm!

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press release: Maryland Judicial Committee Hearing on Medical Marijuana [Mar. 6th, 2009|05:43 pm]
Silver Spring Maryland Community


PRESS RELEASE   |  Americans for Safe Access    |   For Immediate Release: March 6, 2009



Caren Woodson - Montgomery County chapter 510-388-0546

Damien Nichols – Prince George’s County chapter 410-507-9379


Judiciary Committee Schedules Hearing on Medical Marijuana

Patients, advocates prepare to change inadequate Maryland law


Annapolis, MD –  On Tuesday, March 24 the House of Delegate Standing Committee on the Judiciary will conduct a legislative hearing to consider HB1339, a bill to study Maryland’s medical marijuana law.  Earlier this week, the bill was approved by the Rules Committee prior to being assigned a hearing date by Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Vallario (D-Prince George’s County).


State Delegate Henry Heller (D-Montgomery County) introduced HB 1339 last month, legislation that creates a task force to study the issues related to medical marijuana throughout the state of Maryland. If the bill passes, the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would be required to staff a Governor-appointed task force to evaluate whether the current state law is effective, fair, and equally enforced across all state jurisdictions in addition to other issues concerning the limited, therapeutic use of cannabis.


In 2002, shortly after a Federal Court of Appeal held that physicians have a Constitutional First Amendment right to recommend the use of marijuana to their patients, the Maryland state legislature passed the Darrell Putman Compassionate Use Act (CUA). The CUA requires state and local courts to consider a patient's use of medical marijuana in accordance with a physician's recommendation to be a "mitigating factor" in marijuana-related state prosecutions. The law permits an affirmative defense in state court, yet still may penalize qualified patients by fining them a maximum of $100.


However, according to medical marijuana advocates, individuals in Maryland who possess a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana for therapeutic purposes are still arrested, prosecuted, and, in some cases, fined more than the statutory $100 limit. Worse still, legitimate patients in Maryland are forced to break the law; unnecessarily, and sometimes harmfully, involving themselves in the illicit market in order to gain access to their physician-recommended marijuana. "In short, Maryland’s medical marijuana law is broken," said Tony Bowles, a spokesperson with the Montgomery County Chapter of Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy organization. "Ironically, and tragically, people suffering from serious or chronic conditions are vulnerable to arrest and prosecution, and are left without a safe, secure way to access physician-recommended medical marijuana."


Steven Fowler, Montgomery County resident and patient, adds "as patients, all we are asking is that the government look into the current program to determine if it is the safest option for patients in need: Data, not doctrine should determine policy on health care issues."


Excluding Maryland, thirteen states, representing more than 72 million people, have passed laws authorizing patients living with a serious or chronic condition to use physician-recommended marijuana free from criminal prosecution. The Maryland chapters of Americans For Safe Access (MD-ASA), together with patients and their supporters, have been working to bring the same protections and progressive health policies to the State of Maryland. "Every year, Maryland wastes precious law enforcement resources to conduct investigations, and to arrest and prosecute scores of people who legitimately use medical cannabis to control symptoms of a serious or chronic illness," said Bowles. "We applaud Delegate Heller's proposal and hope this task force will put science above politics, paving the way for much needed changes to a flawed medical marijuana law."


Further information:

Full text of HB1339: http://www.mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/bills/hb/hb1339f.pdf

Facts on Maryland's medical marijuana law: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=2050

Maryland Chapters of Americans for Safe Access: http://www.americansforsafeaccess.org/article.php?id=280

Prince George’s County ASA Campaign website:http://www.MDSafeAccess.org

Maryland Gazette Article, March 4, 2009:http://www.gazette.net/stories/03042009/montnew220431_32489.shtml


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With over 30,000 active members in more than 40 states, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works to overcome political and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, grassroots actions, advocacy and services for patients and the caregivers.

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This Friday: Sonic Circuits Presents... Jazz/Improv Quartet: Cosmologic [Feb. 17th, 2009|04:32 pm]
Silver Spring Maryland Community


As part of Cuneiform Records 25th Anniversary Celebrations,
Cuneiform Records and Sonic Circuits Present
For the first time in the Washington Area…

C o s m o l o g i c
Jazz/Improv Quartet from San Diego, CA

Friday February 20, 2009
@ Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
see www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org for directions

15$/10$ for students w/ ID, children under 12 free
doors 7:30 pm
show 8:00 pm sharp

enter through side door on Ripley St
access via Red Line Metro (Silver Spring Station)
Limited parking in lot in front of building or metered parking on Georgia Ave

“Forget commercial labeling, this is real contemporary jazz.”– Jazz Weekly

Cosmologic in their ten years together spanning three albums, traverses the broad terrain of creative jazz and improvised music, integrating high-energy playing, intense introspection, rich grooves, open textures, and collective alchemy. Central to the group’s sound is a commitment to developing challenging and original compositions. While profoundly dedicated to improvisation, Cosmologic also performs complex pieces that are composed by an individual member and then transformed through extensive group work. This process often leads the quartet into complex musical landscapes, while drawing on the individual strengths of each member. With nearly a decade of experience together, Cosmologic continues to extend their repertoire of original music, in an ongoing search for new ideas. Cosmologic has just released a new record on Silver Spring’s Cuneiform Records that has been acclaimed in press worldwide, receiving reviews in Jazz Times, Cadence, Signal to Noise, Rockarilla (Italy), and MusicaJazz (Italy).

Cuneiform Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2009.
Internationally renowned, the label has released 280+ recordings from its Downtown Silver Spring headquarters.



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